Keane intends to sign new deal
Black Cats boss keen to extend his stay
Roy Keane has reassured Sunderland's nervous supporters by insisting that he has no intention to leave the club.
The Black Cats boss has enjoyed remarkable success since stepping into management 18-months ago, leading the club into the Premier League at the first time of asking and securing their top-flight status with a derby victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
His considerable talent, combined with his relentless will to win, have signalled him out as one of the best up-and-coming managers in the game, and a host of bigger clubs are keeping a close eye on his progression.
However, with Sunderland prepared to take a gamble on him back in August 2006, Keane insists that he remains focused on repaying their faith by bringing success to Wearside.
"I would tell the supporters who might be slightly worried to chill out," he said.
"I'll sign a contract when I'm happy and I am at this moment in time, but there is another side to that - are we going to try and get to the next level?
"That is the question I'll be asking. I didn't ask it last summer because I'd only been a manager for two minutes and I'd achieved nothing.
"Now I can freely ask if we are indeed ready to go to the next level.
"I've been very lucky. When I took the job I met the investors and everything I asked of them has been fulfilled.
"They haven't come up short on anything in terms of me bringing staff in."
Keane only has a year left on his current deal at the Stadium of Light, but remains confident that he can fulfil his ambitions with the North East club.
"The potential is unbelievable, that's why I took the job," said the Irishman.
"I got phone calls to go to other clubs when I retired and I said 'no thanks'.
"But Sunderland excites me, and it takes a lot to get me excited!
"This year has been a massive learning curve for the players and for myself.
"Nobody has made as many mistakes as myself this season, and I have got to learn from that and learn fast."